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December Letter from Pastor for December 2019
December 3, 2019, 9:16 AM

Sarah Young in Jesus Today writes of God:. I AM SOVEREIGN, AND I AM GOOD . THESE ARE essential truths about who I AM . When you are struggling with the brokenness of this world, it can be a challenge to believe both truths simultaneously. Because I am Sovereign, I am ultimately in control of everything that happens—to you and to others.

 

The creator God loves creation through His sprit and speaks the truth through His word. When he does life springs forth. God’s ability to bring life is more powerful than any entity that can take life. His love and truth are more powerful than any darkness and any chaos or catastrophe. God creates life by grace, alone. Life does not come from anyone’s merit. By grace God gave us life, by grace God earned eternal life for all who believe in Christ Jesus.

 

Gen. 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

 

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 

The season of Advent is a season of anticipation of the coming of the Christ. We hear the promise and eagerly wait in faith for the fulfillment of the promise. At Christmas we celebrate the fulfillment of the promise of the Messiah.

 

We are called to live every day of our lives in eager anticipation of the Sovereign Lord’s good promises. The life and the circumstances of our lives are all part of God’s faithful promises to us. We have been told in the Word all things work together for good because of God’s sovereign goodness and nothing can separate us from the love of God. When we remember His promises, we are moved to trust him more and walk with him more and more closely. The Word promises that if we abide in

Him we will bear much fruit…spiritual fruit…love, joy, peace, patience, faith, kindness, goodness, and self control. The fruit of the Spirit is formed by Him and our fruitfulness blesses others so that the light of life will dawn in their lives as it has in ours.

 

During Advent and Christmas, celebration is the order of the day. We celebrate wrongly if we celebrate anything but God’s sovereign goodness as revealed in the precious gift of the Messiah, our Savior.

 

I urge us all to fix our eyes on Christ during this season and receive with deep gratitude the gift of life that He alone gives.

 

 

Merry Christmas,

 

The Sharpe Family

 

 

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